NHS Ratings

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When the Healthcare Commission published its annual ratings of NHS services it showed that 32 NHS Trusts improved their standing in the area of 'use of resources' while in the rating area of 'quality of service' the Healthcare Commission singled out London as 'the only area in the country in which performance for quality of service declined.' Does the Mayor consider that the Government has contributed to health inequalities in London by chasing financial performance at the expense of quality of care?


Answer for NHS Ratings

Answer for NHS Ratings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Reducing deficits in London's NHS was a particularly pressing priority during recent years and I am pleased progress is being made on this issue. However, I share your concern that the need to deliver short-term financial targets may impact on the quality of some health services as well as having longer-term implications for action to promote health and reduce health inequalities. I will continue to push for proper investment in public health, excellent NHS services for all Londoners, and a clear and committed NHS focus on reducing health inequalities. And I will continue to support the London Health Commission in its ongoing work to ensure recommendations arising from their Health Inequalities Impact Assessment of the NHS Healthcare for London programme are acted on and progress monitored.